Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day

Boxing Day isn't widely observed in the US. In fact, I'm not even sure I had heard of it before having a mentor from the UK when I was in graduate school. But it has become a tradition in our family, even if not quite in the same way as in the UK.

Our Boxing Day tradition is a family hike, usually on one of the many trails in the Big South Fork. After all of the food on Christmas Day, the hike is a perfect way to build an appetite for left-overs.

Two years ago we went to Northrup Falls, in the Colditz Cove State Natural Area. Our grand-daughter was only 8 months old then, so we chose a short, easy hike since her Daddy got to carry her all the way.

Last year our older son and his family were unable to come for Christmas, and for the first time we had snow. So we chose to hike within Rugby.

But it was fun walking in the falling snow.

Our daughter-in-law got to try out her new Canon 7D. Karen, in addition to running half marathons, is developing into an outstanding photographer. She has always been artistic, and she now applies her art to her photos, some of which have been spectacular.

This year our grand-daughter is two and a half, and will be walking with us for the first time. So it looks to be another short, local hike. Perhaps we'll walk up to the Massengale Homeplace display. Doesn't look like there's much chance of snow, however.


  1. I wonder if there has been snow anywhere within the last couple of days.
    Happy Boxing Day!
    Is that what you say on Boxing Day?

  2. Ah yes, Boxing Day - when the servants were given their 'Christmas box' I believe. Now it's the start of the retail sales.... though lately there seem to have been sales all the time. I didn't get my usual Christmas walk this year. Might have to try for a New Year one.